Speaking powerfully and directly to a growing audience, African-American vernacular art is making its mark in the art world. In this outstanding collection of contemporary art, works by 27 self-taught artists bear eloquent testimony to the social, cultural, and spiritual experiences of Southern African Americans.
Thornton Dial Sr., Ronald Lockett, Bessie Harvey, Mose Tolliver, and Purvis Young head a roster of leading artists in this genre. Five scholars explore the significance of these emotionally charged, culturally complex artworks and their context in the larger art world; brief biographies and the artists' own statements are included.
Testimony accompanies a traveling exhibition organized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Exhibitions International.
|Critical Vantage Points||p. 10|
|African-American Art and Contemporary Critical Practice||p. 11|
|The End of the Outsider||p. 30|
|Becoming Art: Life Spans, Biographies, and the Shelp Collection||p. 42|
|Feeling at Home with Vernacular African-American Art||p. 54|
|Witnessing: Layered Meanings in Vernacular Art||p. 64|
|The Art and the Artists||p. 83|
|Witness to History||p. 84|
|Allegorical Animals||p. 106|
|Biblical Scenes||p. 126|
|Iconic Human Figures||p. 142|
|Spiritual and Protective Messages||p. 154|
|Direct Observation||p. 170|
|List of Plates||p. 183|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 187|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 2002
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 23.5 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.134